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Suspect shot, killed in west Vegas break-in

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Police taped off a neighborhood after a burglary and shooting on Feb. 4, 2013. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) Police taped off a neighborhood after a burglary and shooting on Feb. 4, 2013. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)

Police said one of three men believed to have broken into a west Las Vegas home was killed after a homeowner opened fire at the group.

Las Vegas Metro police reported the incident in the 2300 block of Westwind Road, near Jones Boulevard and W. Sahara Avenue, about 7:48 a.m. Monday.

According to police, the homeowner, a recent victim of burglary, called 911 about several men forcing their way into his home.

The resident retreated to a bedroom where he retrieved a handgun, police said.

The homeowner fired at least one round at the suspects, prompting them to flee, according to Metro.

Police said one of the suspects, who was identified as a Latino male, was found with a gunshot wound and died at the scene.

"When police officers cleared the victim's backyard, they found a third individual deceased in the backyard from an apparent gunshot wound," Metro Officer Bill Cassell said.

Police said a second suspect attempted to use a vehicle to flee arriving officers. He was arrested after a foot chase, police said.

"One of the suspects, a Latino male, got into a vehicle and was attempting to flee in the vehicle and collided with an arriving patrol car," said Cassell.

A third suspect fled eastbound on foot into the surrounding residential area. Police said this suspect was still on the loose.

Metro said an investigation is ongoing but it doesn't anticipate charges against the homeowner.

"What caused the gunshot, what caused the man's death, that will be determined by the Clark County coroner," Cassell said.

This is the second shooting involving a homeowner in the west end of the city. On Saturday, a homeowner shot at a fleeing bank robbery suspect after the man forced his way into a residence.

Police urge anyone with information on the incident to call Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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